Mark Zuckerberg is doing his bit to promote his company’s push into live-streaming by hosting a Q&A on Facebook Live.
In a short video post that was shared from his account on Wednesday, the Facebook founder and CEO announced the live chat broadcast in a rather quiet fashion. The clip features a simple typed-out message on a black background stating the time and date of the event. Zuckerberg signs off by asking users that wish to participate in the interactive live-stream to leave their questions in the comments section below the post.
The Q&A session kicks off at 11.30 a.m. PT on June 14, meaning you still have six days to formulate your thoughts and get those burning issues off your chest. Over 5,000 comments have flooded in since the post was uploaded five hours ago, which indicates that Zuckerberg (and his team) will have to vet a lot of queries, or alternatively conduct a marathon live broadcast — luckily Facebook recently introduced 24-hour live-streams, so we may end up getting a whole lot of Zuck.
What does one ask one of the richest people in the world, who also happens to run a social network that boasts a bigger population than the largest country on Earth? We already know what Zuckerberg likes to wear, so no need for style advice then. The man himself actually provides some suggestions in the description that accompanies the announcement video. Comparing the upcoming event to his highly publicized Townhall Q&As, Zuckerberg states that Facebook Live finally allows him to interact with the site’s massive community.
“Now with Live I can hear from more of our community at once and it’s a lot more interactive,” he writes. “We can cover all the big areas you’re interested in — connecting the world, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, live video, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and more.”
Clearly Zuckerberg is interested in discussing his biggest ventures, from Free Basics to the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative. And here we were hell-bent on asking about his biggest Oculus Rift fail — come on, we all know the VR team down at Facebook HQ must have played a few pranks on their boss (how else do you explain this?).
The most-liked comments thus far seem to also be taking a (disappointingly) refined approach to their queries. One user asks: “What do you see in the future of humanity? Do you see global warming being an issue that is too late to resolve? Do you picture the human race migrating to another planet?” Another highly rated comment states: “I see that you have huge ambitions to bring internet to the furthest stretches of the world and even space; yet I can’t help but notice that in many places in the USA, in rural areas, you simply cannot get online. Do you have plans to get access to our people here in the USA as well?”
OK, we admit, those are impressive questions, but doesn’t anyone want to know whether Zuckerberg still keeps a beer keg in the office, and solo cups in the cupboard? As mentioned by Zuck himself, the comments that get the most likes will probably be the ones he ends up addressing on June 14. Better get your thinking caps on people.